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Pictures from Birmingham strike rally

 

 

 

The event today was a great success, chaired by Brian O’Sullivan, West Midlands UCU Regional Chair (pictured centre, in a red jacket).  It was organised by UCU, with assistance from Unite.

Matt Raine from Birmingham University UNISON:

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Ian Murray from West Midlands NUT:

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Liz Lawrence, UCU Vice-President:

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Darrall Cozens, Chair of UCU West Midlands Retired Members’ Branch:

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Aldo Mussi, from Birmingham Green Party:

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Hattie Craig, Vice-President: Education of the University of Birmingham Guild of Students:IMAG0138 IMAG0140 IMAG0142

Picket lines around the West Midlands, 3rd December

Bournville College:

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South & City College Birmingham:
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University of Birmingham:

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Sandwell College:

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Telford College of Arts & Technology: Article in the Shropshire Star

University of Wolverhampon, Walsall Branch:

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City of Wolverhampton College:

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Coventry University:

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Solihull College:

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Warwick University: Article in the Coventry Evening Telegraph

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City College Coventry:

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If you have any pictures from your picket lines to add to this collection, please email them to me at JRooney@ucu.org.uk.

Strike Rally in Birmingham, 3rd December 2013

STRIKE RALLY

3RD DECEMBER

Assemble Midday
Rally 1pm-2pm

John Lee Theatre, Birmingham & Midland Institute, Margaret Street (near/off Victoria Square), Birmingham City Centre, B3 3BS
Nearest parking at B3 2BJ

On December 3rd, UCU members in Further and Higher Education, along with UNITE and UNISON members in Higher Education, are going on strike over their continued low pay.  Please support the strike and attend the rally!

Speakers have been invited from Unite, Unison, NASUWT, NUT and student activists, as well as UCU itself.

A flier is available here: 03-12-2013 advert flier – please download and print it double-sided, using the “flip on short edge” option.

Model motion to support the Halesowen 4 campaign

(Courtesy of the branch at Warwick University)

David Muritu (UCU Branch Secretary at Halesowen College) was dismissed from his job as Maths Lecturer at Halesowen College on 20 December 2012.

The College failed to follow their own disciplinary procedure or ACAS guidelines. The evidence provided did not, by their own admission, support an accusation of misconduct.

The College claims that the dismissal was made on the basis of David’s results (which are above the national average). David has been rated as a grade 2 (good) lecturer by the College’s own observation system.

Three more Maths Lecturers, all of them active UCU members, have also been dismissed for similar reasons.

It is no coincidence that this action has been taken against active members and officers of the UCU branch at Halesowen College.  This is an attack on trade unionism, an attack on freedom, and an attack on education. It will have disastrous consequences for students and teachers.  Most importantly, David and the Maths team believe that all students have to the right to education.

This branch reaffirms its commitment to solidarity with victimised trade unionists. We encourage our members:

Public Meeting: Justice for the Halesowen Four

There will be a public meeting on Monday 14th January at 7.30pm in support of the lecturers who have been dismissed or are facing dismissal at Halesowen College.  The meeting will be held at Old Hill Cricket Club, Haden Hill Park Road, Cradley Heath, West Midlands, B64 7HF and all are welcome.

We will be leafleting the College at 7.45am on Friday 11th January in support of this meeting, and there will be a stall at the Halesowen Clock on Saturday 12th January from 11am-1pm.  Your support would be very welcome.

You can download the leaflet from here.

Halesowen College lobby

UCU members from across the region, supported by the local Trades Council and sister unions, staged a lobby outside the college this morning in protest over the sacking of the union’s branch secretary, David Muritu.

 

Members of UCU at Halesowen College will meet tomorrow to decide on the next steps in their dispute with the college.

(Press release at http://www.ucu.org.uk/index.cfm?articleid=6413, leaflet at http://wmr.web.ucu.org.uk/files/2013/01/Halesowen-Leaflet-web.pdf)

Justice for the Halesowen Four

As you may be aware, David Muritu (Branch Secretary at Halesowen College) was dismissed from his job as Maths Lecturer at Halesowen College on December 20th. The College failed to follow their own disciplinary procedure or ACAS guidelines. The evidence provided did not, by their own admission, support an accusation of misconduct.

The College claims that the dismissal was made on the basis of David’s results (which are above the national average). David has been rated as a grade 2 (good) lecturer by the College’s own observation system.  Three more Maths Lecturers, all of them active UCU members, face disciplinary procedures and the imminent possibility of dismissal.

It is no coincidence that this action has been taken against active members and officers of the UCU branch at Halesowen College.  This is an attack on trade unionism, an attack on freedom, and an attack on education. It will have disastrous consequences for students and teachers.  Most importantly, David and the Maths team believe that all students have to the right to education.

UCU members have voted unanimously to ballot for strike action.

College Management Failings:

  • Refusal to pay for specialist cover (in spite of a huge surplus) for long term sickness and paternity leave, and lack of organisation in staffing of cover;
  • Lecturers expected to teach two different classes in two different rooms at the same time;
  • Groups being pushed together even though they are supposed to be covering different material;
  • Lecturers doing up to 7 cover slots, with no allowances made for planning and assessment;
  • Non-specialist staff regularly covering Maths sessions;
  • Failure to provide teaching for students in the vital run-up to exams.

What can you do to help?

Support David and the other accused lecturers by:

  • Downloading and distributing the leaflet
  • Signing the petition at http://tinyurl.com/Halesowen4
  • Sending messages of support to the Branch to HalesowenUCU_branch_secretary@hotmail.com
  • Joining the campaign team for the reinstatement of David Muritu and in defence of the other accused lecturer.  Email the branch secretary at the above address for more details.
  • Contacting the College Principal to show your protest at the dismissal and to call for David’s reinstatement. You can email him at KBATE@halesowen.ac.uk or write to him at Keith Bate, Principal, Halesowen College, Whittingham Road, Halesowen, B63 3NA

 

Transport to the March for a Future That Works, October 20th

On October 20th, the TUC is organising the March For A Future That Works (http://afuturethatworks.org/) in London.  We would like to see a big presence of UCU members on the day, as the TUC wants this to be even bigger than the March For The Alternative in March 2011.  As promised, I am writing to you with information regarding transport arrangements:

 

Birmingham: NUT have agreed that UCU members can book seats on their coaches.  Please do so as soon as possible, and in groups where possible.  Call the Birmingham Association on 0121 442 2031 to book your place.  A deposit of £5 secures your place and we would encourage you to donate up to another £5 or £10 on the day.

 

Coventry: Trades Council coach departs at 8.30am from White Street Coach Park.  To book, ring 07952 770412

 

Dudley: Free coaches will be leaving for the London rally on 20th October from Dudley College at 7.00am then picking up in Stourbridge . A £3 refundable deposit will guarantee you a seat.  Please call Jerry  on 07792378281 or Nigel on 07827817205, or email dudleytuc@gmail.com

Kidderminster: Contact Gavin Miller on gmiller@community-tu.org

 

Malvern: Collect points en route to depart Worcester Croft Road at 0730.  Please contact mail@worcestertuc.org giving your name, contact details and where you would like to be picked up.

 

Staffordshire: NUT have agreed that UCU members can book seats on their coaches.  Places are free, and available from Ivan Hickman on 01782 722407.  The coaches will leave from Glebe Street in Stoke-on-Trent at 7am and from Stafford Railway Station at approximately 7.30am.

 

Wolverhampton: details are available via a Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/events/153816864742499/

 

Worcester: Departing Worcester University then Worcester Croft Road, 0730.  Please contact mail@worcestertuc.org giving your name, contact details and where you would like to be picked up.

 

Leaflets for October 20th can be downloaded from the TUC website at http://afuturethatworks.org/downloads/ and we would encourage you to print off as many as you can and distribute them widely. 

October 7th: Conservative Party March & Demo

The Conservative Party conference is in Birmingham, so on Sunday October 7th, we will be marching and demonstrating.    UCU members are invited to assemble in Victoria Square in Birmingham city centre at 10.30am for an 11am start.  After the march, the rally will also be in Victoria Square.

If you would like to be a steward for the march, please email Michelle Kesterton at the TUC (MKesterton@TUC.ORG.UK)

You can download leaflets for this event here.

Public Sector Pensions Strike – May 10th 2012

(reblogged from Birmingham Against The Cuts)

PCS, UCU and Unite will be on strike on Thursday 10th May, in protest at the government’s ongoing attempt to slash public sector pensions in order to pay for the bank bailouts.

In Birmingham, there will be lefletting on Hospital Way, at the QE Hospital from 12noon, followed by a joint strike rally from 1pm.
The rally will be held in Lecture Theatre Room 101, Haworth Building, University of Birmingham (see the flyer for a map).

Coaches are running from around the midlands, and are free. Solidarity delegates from student & community groups are welcomed, but priority will be given to PCS, UCU and Unite members.

Coaches:
Birmingham – Town Hall, Victoria Square. Midlands TUC 0121 643 4342
Worcester – Elgar statue by Guild Hall. Steve 07545 838 690
Dudley, Merry Hill, Stourbridge, Halesowen. Dudley TUC 07795 410 261
Telford, Wolverhampton. Debbie 07881 823 211
Coventry – Tile Hill, Spon End, City Centre. Ian 0773 664 6554

Fair pensions for all – don’t make teachers, nurses and public sector workers pay for the bankers’ crisis

May 10th leaflet